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Edward Snowden has reclaimed the phrase "mission accomplished" from a certain former president in a much different context, couching it in terms of his appraisal of the outcome of his leaks to the press of highly classified information from his former employer, the National Security Agency.

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President Obama wisely avoided the phrase "mission accomplished" in his major speech last week about the "war on terror," but columnists aren't obliged to be so circumspect: It is time to declare victory and get on with our lives.

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"The Daily Show" host took aim at some of his favorite targets Tuesday night as he ripped Republicans and conservative pundits for their hypocritical response to an ad aired by the Obama campaign that highlights the president's success in bringing down Osama bin Laden one year ago.

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Even the mightiest of empires must let go Seven years after the invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, the US on Saturday handed over all combat duties to Iraqi security forces, fulfilling President Obama's promise to end U combat operations by the close of August.

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The U.N. military commander in Sudan has announced that the war in Darfur -- which has killed more than 300,000 people -- is over. Three million Sudanese remain displaced as the conflict ostensibly shifts from full-blown war to mere "security issues."

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Updated: Well, not exactly a real pullout, but a plan to be announced by the Obama administration on Friday is expected to withdraw "combat" troops from Iraq by Aug. 31, 2010, officially ending U.S. combat operations in the war-torn country while keeping 50,000 ambiguously labeled "support troops" there.

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It was nothing Bush did -- no decision he made, no policy he pursued, no faith that he placed in ideological dogma -- that he finds regrettable. Bush told a cable network, "I regret saying some things I shouldn't have said" over the course of eight tumultuous years.

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George W. Bush has had no shortage of gaffes during his reign of terror. One such miscue may also be the most enduring image of his presidency -- that speech in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner before his war in Iraq turned into an outright catastrophe. He now regrets that moment, among others.

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